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Sandro Tonali, 21, with Milan since the 2020-2021 season: in midfield his presence in the median has become fundamental

Sandro Tonali, 21, with Milan since the 2020-2021 season: in midfield his presence in the median has become fundamental

Ilaria Checchi

Attention, concentration and good quality, seasoned with a new vein in front of goal: these are the ingredients that Stefano Pioli wants to see on the pitch tonight in the match at the Olimpico Grande Torino against Juric’s Granadas, a game that Milan can’t afford to fail after San Siro’s boring equalizer against Bologna. The settebello released a year ago under the Mole by the Rossoneri is far away, the two formations have changed profoundly since then and the Emilian coach knows it well: it will be the collective game that will have to make the difference in a Devil who does not not. want to risk wasting all the work done so far but the problem of the goal cannot be avoided and for this reason it will once again be Olivier Giroud to take on the brunt of the attack from the first minute, trying to trouble the reverse Bremer, one of the hottest names on via Aldo Rossi management’s wish list for the upcoming signing campaign. There is therefore still time to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a starter shirt but Pioli removes doubts: “Every player must think that even a few minutes can make a difference”, and with this mantra the Swede is responsible for making his contribution. capturing the job as it happened in the test with the Bolognese. It will, however, be the trocar for AC Milan to undergo some changes from the game against the rossoblù, with Alexis Saelemaekers ready to take the field from the first minute in place of a disappointing Junior Messias in the last outing, and Franck Kessié to replace Brahim Diaz despite the current state of the Ivorian, whistled by the San Siro public last Monday. If the mentor of Milanello has no doubts about the mental strength of the midfielder now directed to Barça (“He is motivated, I haven’t spoken to him but we are all focused on the next matches”) for Kessié the match against Toro will be an important test not to be confused. On the other hand, Pioli himself rejected the hypothesis of seeing Rebic as an attacking midfielder, the Croatian being however ready to be forgiven for the opaque remainder of the match played if the situation were to impose his presence on the field. The Tonali-Bennacer couple will give the right guarantees, now an obligatory choice for the performances offered by the two lately, as well as the rearguard who, orphaned by Florenzi injured, will rely on Davide Calabria on the right, the central Kalulu and Tomori, and new dad Theo Hernandez, ready to inspire Rafael Leao on the left, to whom Pioli will entrust the keys to unhinge the grenade door.

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